Pinjarra transplant recipient wins big at Australian Transplant Games


Rev John Coman. Picture: Jon Hewson.
Rev John Coman. Picture: Jon Hewson.

PINJARRA transplant recipient Rev John Coman has returned from the Australian Transplant Games in Sydney with a swag of awards.

The former teacher won two gold medals in swimming and a silver in 10-pin bowling.

“Our 16-person dragon boat team (of which I was the captain) won silver – we were beaten by a dragon snout on the line,” he said.

Rev Coman was thrilled because he is the fastest person in Australia over 60-years-old who has had a transplant medal in freestyle and breaststroke.

He was proud of his achievement, considering he was “supported to be dead.”

Rev Coman became ill in 2014 and lost much of his kidney and liver function. He was told he would be dead in three months without a liver transplant.

“Thankfully, four weeks later I received a new liver as a gift from a family who had just lost a loved one,” he said.

“Their very brave decision in the midst of deep sadness was really a gift of life to me.”

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